Joe G's Running Game Blog

February 25, 2014
Joe G's Running Game Blog

1:01, 4Q - TOR 94, CLE 91 ... Kyrie called for a charge, but it's under review; Cavs riding Hawes, Zeller rest of the way -- Tristan on bench, Valanciunas on bench for TOR

2:45, 4Q - TOR 90, CLE 89 ... Mike Brown going with twin towers look in 4Q -- Zeller, Hawes together through much of period; Delly now with double-figures off the bench -- 10 pts, 4-6 FG, 3 reb, 2 asst

5:47, 4Q - CLE 81, TOR 80 ... back-and-forth here in final period, Kyrie taking over for CLE, now leads everyone w/25 pts, 10-18 FG, 7 asst; Hawes, 13 pts, 3-4 3pt FG, 13 pts, 5 reb; Tristan, 13 pts, 9 reb; Cavs getting beat on 2nd chance pts, 18-7.

End 3Q - CLE 69, TOR 68 ... Entertaining game between good defensive teams; Cavs shooting 39 pct FG, TOR, 44 pct; All starters but Deng in double-figures; Kyrie leads CLE, 21 pts, 8-15 FG, 6 asst; Thompson, 13 pts, 9 reb; Cavs used a 14-0 run spanning halftime to get back into it; still just 2 pts from bench. TOR in penalty -- Cavs shooting the rest of the way.

9:44, 3Q - CLE 48, TOR 47 ... spanning both halves, the Cavs are on a 14-0 run and now have the lead; Hawes now 3-4 3pt FG, Thompson on verge of 5th double-double in 6 games -- 9 pts, 7 reb; Hawes leads CLE w/13 pts; Irving, 10 pts, 5 asst.

End 1H - TOR 47, CLE 41 ... Cavs turn tables on Raptors after 1Q, go on 7-0 run to end 1H; Hawes, Irving, 10 pts apiece; Deng, Jack, 7 pts apiece; Cavs, just 2 pts off the bench tonight; CLE shooting just 35 pct FG; TOR 45 pct

2:44, 2Q - TOR 47, CLE 34 ... Cavs still haven't found their rhythm tonight, shooting just 35 pct FG; Kyrie, Hawes, 10 pts apiece, Irving w/5 assists; CLE, second-highest scoring bench in East has just 2 pts tonight -- Delly, 1-2 FG; DeMar DeRozan leading all w/15 pts, 6-11 FG; TOR w/6 3pt FG.

End 1Q - TOR 23, CLE 17 ... Raptors close the quarter on a 7-0 run; Kyrie w/7 pts, Hawes w/5, but bench took the collar in 1Q; Cavs shooting just 28 pct FG, not great coming off a fourth quarter where they shot 21 pct.

2:47, 1Q - CLE 17, TOR 16 ... Good start for Cavs, Hawes starting in just third game as a Cav -- 2-3 FG, 1-1 3 pt FG, 5 pts; Kyrie leads CLE w/7 pts, 3-5 FG; Cavs shooting 39 pct FG; TOR, 44 pct FG; Terrence Ross leads everyone w/8 pts, 2-3 3pt FG.

Pregame - Cavaliers look to get back to their winning ways, but will be without Dion Waiters (left knee hyperextension), CJ Miles (left ankle sprain) and Anderson Varejao (back). Cavs fell to the Raptors, 98-91, one week ago in the two teams' first meeting of the season.

Cavs have held seven straight opponents under 100 points, the first time they've done so since March 2010. Spencer Hawes notched a double-double in his home debut and it earned him a spot in tonight's starting lineup. He'll be alongside frontline fixture, Tristan Thompson, who's doubled-up in five of his last six games.

Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser, talking about the Raptors' patience as well as the health of his ballclub and tonight's lineup change.

Tonight's starters: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes